Massage Therapy

kim laurea massage therapist working on a patient at harmony chiropractic

Massage therapy consists of hands-on treatment and manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of optimizing health and well-being. These soft tissues include the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments.

Massage therapy can help with soft tissue damage, injuries, pain management, impaired mobility, and can also help manage stress relief.

Preventative, Proactive, or Therapeutic Treatment

Treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body, acting on the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. It is a treatment for an existing concern, or for preventative care.

Prior to treatment, your massage therapist will review your health history and perform an initial assessment to better understand your injury or concern. From there, they will propose a personalized treatment plan to you.

Your privacy during treatment is always respected, and consent is obtained to work on any part of the body. You may withdraw your consent at any time. Your massage therapist will work with your level of pain tolerance throughout the treatment, and you may inform your therapist of any discomfort during treatment.

Treatment is covered by most third-party insurance providers, and direct billing is available.

Treatments Offered:

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage is a gentle technique using smooth gliding motions to help you relax. Lighter pressure is applied, so there is less focus on working out specific muscle knots. Benefits include improving circulation, stress relief, and reducing muscle tension. This type of treatment can also cause endorphin release, known as the body’s natural painkillers.

Deep Tissue Massage

For patients with chronic muscle tension or other injuries, deep tissue massage is beneficial. Sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes is applied to the deepest layers of muscles, tendons, and fascia, targeting knots or adhesions. Deep tissue massage can help break up scar tissue, promote faster healing, relieve pain, and reduces stress and tension.

Cupping

Cupping therapy originated in ancient China and involves placing special cups on the skin and creating suction beneath them. Cups are left in place for a few minutes. However unlike massage therapy that uses pressure to alleviate pain or muscle tension, the suction used in cupping lifts the skin and promotes circulation in the area. This can increase blood flow and reduce pain, and may promote cell repair.

Cupping often leaves round red marks or bruises on the skin after treatment, which will begin to fade after a couple of days, but can last for 1-2 weeks.

Prenatal Massage

Aches and pains are often associated with pregnancy, but massage therapy can help. It can help alleviate low back pain, relax tense muscles, and reduce strain on the muscles and joints of the body, all while keeping mom and baby safe. And with our special pregnancy cushion, you can comfortably rest face down for the duration of your treatment – no more awkward side-lying massages!

Neuromuscular Therapy

This type of treatment is specifically used to target trigger points. These small contractions in muscle fibres cause pain, weakness, and discomfort in a referred area caused by trauma, poor posture, or repetitive movement.

Myofascial Release

A gentle and slow technique that works on the fascia. This technique focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness around trigger points, and working to release shortened and tight tissue. Especially effective for areas with decreased flexibility and function.

PNF Stretching

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching is an advanced form of flexibility training. An active type of massage therapy, it involves both stretching and contracting of the muscle group being targeted. This technique helps to improve muscle elasticity, flexibility and increase both active and passive range of motion.

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